The 2012 version of the Interagency Helicopter Operations Guide will not be released until Feb. 2013. Until its release, the 2009 version remains in effect as numerous Helicopter Support Kits have already been distributed from the cache system with the 2009 version.
The FAA Flight Operations Evaluation Board has revised the Master Minimum Equipment List for MD Helicopters Model 369 Series/500N/600N helicopters.
During testing, the GPS signal may be unreliable or unavailable within a 15NMR and centered at 381542N/0762602W or the location also known as the PXT VOR 225.3 degree radial at 2.2 NM from 50 FT AGL to FL400 and above.
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin to alert owners and operators of Eurocopter AS350 B, B1, B2 and BA helicopters regarding a risk of in-flight engine shutdown due to restricted fuel flow thru the optional "oil to fuel heater."
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin to advise owners and operators of the Garmin G500/G500H/G600 systems, and all G900X, G950, G1000, G1000H, Cirrus Perspective, and Embraer Prodigy Integrated Flight Deck Systems with GRS 77 software versions 2.10 through 3.02 and GRS 77H software version 3.50, of an unintentional reset during sustained bank turns.
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin to inform emergency locator transmitter manufacturers as well as installers and aircraft maintenance personnel of a concern with the ability of hook and loop style fasteners to retain their designed capability to restrain emergency locator transmitters during accident impact.